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  1. 01 Sep '08 18:19
    I was wondering if anybody had a good suggestion for a book or DVD to learn to play the Caro-Kann for a player of around 1800. I am aware that several are available all with good reviews, but it would be great to hear from anybody who had an opinion on them, rather than relying on pot-luck.
  2. 01 Sep '08 18:34
    Grandmaster Secrets: The Caro-Kann by Peter Wells is an excellent book on the caro-kann as a whole.
  3. 01 Sep '08 18:47
    didn't karpov write one on the caro-kann?
  4. 01 Sep '08 19:03
    I belive he did, but on advance variation, and another variation. I was hoping to find something that provided a whole repetiour.
  5. 01 Sep '08 19:37 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by queenchuckextreme
    I belive he did, but on advance variation, and another variation. I was hoping to find something that provided a whole repetiour.
    The 2 Karpov books cover pretty much everything. I have the Advance/Gambit Systems one & it is excellent.

    This might be worth a try if you want less detailed but more general coverage:
    http://tinyurl.com/59tls2
  6. Standard member Chipotle
    Pawn Grubber
    01 Sep '08 21:37
    Originally posted by queenchuckextreme
    I belive he did, but on advance variation, and another variation. I was hoping to find something that provided a whole repetiour.
    Jovanka Houska wrote a reperoire book for the Caro-Kann, "play the Caro-Kann", (Everymann Chess). I have a copy, but really haven't worked through it enough to offer an opinion.
  7. 02 Sep '08 07:48
    Originally posted by Chipotle
    Jovanka Houska wrote a reperoire book for the Caro-Kann, "play the Caro-Kann", (Everymann Chess). I have a copy, but really haven't worked through it enough to offer an opinion.
    I have worked through that book, it's very nice overall, with sound recommendations all around. My only gripe is she completely left out (without even mentioning the line) the Nbd7 line Karpov, Smyslov and Petrosian so clearly liked. But for that line I bought the book Caro Kann Smyslov system 4.....Nbd7, which is great.
  8. 02 Sep '08 12:01
    Originally posted by Squelchbelch
    The 2 Karpov books cover pretty much everything. I have the Advance/Gambit Systems one & it is excellent.

    This might be worth a try if you want less detailed but more general coverage:
    http://tinyurl.com/59tls2
    The two Karpov & Podgaets books cover the Advance and the Panov-Botvinnik Attack, but don't cover the 1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 classical main line Caro Kann, though clearly the intention was to eventually do so as mentioned on the back cover of the Advance Variation volume. It's possible Karpov wasn't willing to give up all his secrets in this opening just yet, but he must have had a three-book deal with Batsford he had to fulfill, and that explains the How to Play the English Opening volume with the same production materials as the two Caro Kann books. I was really looking forward to an updated Classical Main Line coverage from Karpov (either with 3...Bf5 or 3...Nd7) but it looks like it may never come to pass.

    Houska's book is a repertoire offering, covering the Main Line (...Bf5 with ...0-0), Panov Botvinnik, Exchange, Advance, Fantasy, 2.c4, Two Knights, King's Indian Attack, and a final chapter with a few unusual offerings.
  9. Standard member bill718
    Enigma
    03 Sep '08 06:32
    Originally posted by queenchuckextreme
    I was wondering if anybody had a good suggestion for a book or DVD to learn to play the Caro-Kann for a player of around 1800. I am aware that several are available all with good reviews, but it would be great to hear from anybody who had an opinion on them, rather than relying on pot-luck.
    I play the Caro Kann, and find the games in Informants to be more helpful than any one book.
  10. 03 Sep '08 19:51
    Thanks guys for the advice, much appreciated.
  11. 04 Sep '08 22:42 / 1 edit
    I would recommend Black Defensive System for the Rest of Your Chess Career by GM Andrew Soltis. It's at least ten years old, but it gives decent lines against all of White's main tries. It is available at www.labatechess.com
  12. Standard member irontigran
    Rob Scheider is..
    05 Sep '08 00:13
    Originally posted by gaychessplayer
    I would recommend Black Defensive System for the Rest of Your Chess Career by GM Andrew Soltis. It's at least ten years old, but it gives decent lines against all of White's main tries. It is available at www.labatechess.com
    i just got a book on the hippo. grawr!!
  13. 25 Mar '10 10:18
    Originally posted by Chipotle
    Jovanka Houska wrote a reperoire book for the Caro-Kann, "play the Caro-Kann", (Everymann Chess). I have a copy, but really haven't worked through it enough to offer an opinion.
    I have this book and its excellent, I like the 3...c5 variation against the advance and this book focusses on that line. All in all a very nice and complete repertoire!